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October 16, 2015

On World Food Day, Brazilian Star Cléo Pires Speaks out Against Battery Cages in Egg Production

Actress joins Humane Society International to encourage more compassionate food choices

Humane Society International

Today, World Food Day, actress Cleo Pires joins Humane Society International in inviting consumers to make more compassionate food choices by saying no to eggs produced by hens confined to battery cages. In Brazil, around 95 percent of hens in egg production spend their entire lives confined in wire battery cages, so small that they can barely walk or spread their wings.

 “I was shocked when Humane Society International showed me the reality of how animals are treated in egg production in Brazil. I’m proud to narrate HSI’s new video ’Cage vs. Cage-Free‘ to bring to light the truth behind where our food comes from. I am sure most Brazilians will also object to this extremely inhumane treatment of animals after watching the video,” said Pires. “We hope this video will encourage Brazilians to make more compassionate choices when it comes to buying eggs”, she added.

Carolina Galvani, senior campaign manager for HSI Farm Animals in Brazil, said: “We’re so happy to work with Cléo Pires to raise awareness about egg production in Brazil. The lifelong confinement of egg-laying hens in battery cages is one of the cruelest practices in animal agriculture, and we invite consumers to make a difference by leaving eggs from caged hens off their plates.”
HSI’s “Cage vs. Cage-Free” video contains footage from battery cage egg production facilities in Bastos, Brazil’s largest egg producing city, and discusses the animal welfare and public health concerns, such as a higher rate of Salmonella contamination related to these types of intensive confinement systems.

Say no to battery cage eggs by signing the cage-free pledge.

HSI promotes eating with conscience and embracing the Three Rs—reducing the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods; refining the diet by avoiding products from the worst production systems (e.g., switching to cage-free eggs); and replacing meat and other animal-based foods in the diet with plant-based foods.

Join HSI in saying no to battery cage eggs by signing the cage-free pledge: www.hsi.org/ovos

Facts:

  • The use of conventional battery cages has been banned throughout the European Union, New Zealand and Bhutan. In India, the world’s third largest producer, most states have declared that confinement in battery cages violates the federal legislation against animal cruelty. A federal ban is currently being considered.
  • Hens confined in battery cages have a space smaller than a letter-sized sheet of paper to spend their entire lives. Science has proven that animals confined in such an extreme way endure constant suffering.
  • As an HSI report shows, an abundance of scientific studies have found that egg production operations that confine hens in cages have higher rates of Salmonella compared to those that are cage-free. According to data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Salmonella is the number one source of food poising in Brazil and also number one cause of foodborne illness-related deaths in the country.


Media Contact: Carolina Galvani, cgalvani@hsi.org

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